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“Only God can make a tree,” wrote Joyce Kilmer in one of the most celebrated of poems. In Tree: A Life Story, authors David Suzuki and Wayne Grady extend that celebration in a “biography” of this extraordinary — and extraordinarily important — organism. A story that spans a millennium and includes a cast of millions but focuses on a single tree, a Douglas fir, Tree describes in poetic detail the organism’s modest origins that begin with a dramatic burst of millions of microscopic grains of pollen. The authors ...
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“Only God can make a tree,” wrote Joyce Kilmer in one of the most celebrated of poems. In Tree: A Life Story, authors David Suzuki and Wayne Grady extend that celebration in a “biography” of this extraordinary — and extraordinarily important — organism. A story that spans a millennium and includes a cast of millions but focuses on a single tree, a Douglas fir, Tree describes in poetic detail the organism’s modest origins that begin with a dramatic burst of millions of microscopic grains of pollen. The authors recount the amazing characteristics of the species, how they reproduce and how they receive from and offer nourishment to generations of other plants and animals. The tree’s pivotal role in making life possible for the creatures around it — including human beings — is lovingly explored. The richly detailed text and Robert Bateman’s original art pay tribute to this ubiquitous organism that is too often taken for granted.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781553651260
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1 Birth 9
2 Taking Root 43
3 Growth 77
4 Maturity 109
5 Death 149
Selected References 181
Index 184
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  • Posted January 2, 2013

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    Very Highly Recommended - If you love nature and science, you must read it!

    "Tree" is David Suzuki's best and most personal book. Suzuki is a biologist and a science popularizer. He had a long-running PBS series on science. Here he writes about a single tree, a Douglas-fir, the tree he sees walking to the beach from his vacation cottage in British Columbia. The birth, life, and death of this single tree comes alive through vivid narration interspersed with science lectures. "Tree" is illustrated with lovely line drawings.

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